Plan to protect Yellowstone Park's fish is being developed

Comments wanted on the Park’s Native Fish Conservation Plan Environmental Assessment-

The Park’s fish have taken a real beating the last 20 years from disease and the introduction of lake trout into Yellowstone Lake. Your comments are due Jan. 31, 2011.

“The preferred alternative would conserve the Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake by increased netting of non-native lake trout. It also calls for removal of non-native fish from some streams and lakes in the park, and introduction of native fish into restored habitats. It would allow managers to take an adaptive management approach to native fish conservation, incorporating new information and lessons gained from experience in annual work and treatment plans. This plan does not propose any changes in the Madison or Firehole rivers.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found on the web at A hard copy or CD of the EA is available by calling (307) 344-2874, or by writing to the Native Fish Conservation Plan EA, National Park Service, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.”

News release. Plan To Protect Yellowstone’s Native Fish Open For Public Review







  1. Neil Avatar

    Is it just me or is it impossible to actually see the EA?

      1. Ralph Maughan Avatar

        Thanks Salle,

        The document provides a huge amount of on-line information on Yellowstone Park fisheries.

        I knew Yellowstone cutthroat trout were in dire straits, but I had no idea how much they had declined until I began to read this, this morning.

      2. Salle Avatar

        It also has the online public comment form. I think the webmasters for the park’s web site do a pretty good job… pretty good but could be improved upon.

  2. Kayla Avatar

    Just hope that they do something about the fishing of the Cutthroats outside the Park also like in the Thorofare. How many go back in there in the early summer and fish for the Cutts while they are spawning. I for quite sometime have been for the Wyo. F&G putting strict regulations in place back in here to help the cutthroats. But nothing happens year in and year out. Do think that if some strict regulations would be enacted then one can bet that those outfitters would sure protest. I had heard that this was going to happen some years ago but nothing happened. What I had heard was that in the Thorofare outside the Park it was going to be Catch and Release only for the Cutthroats but nothing was done.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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